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September 28, 2014
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Detection Of Cooling-Water Intrusion Into Standby-Power Diesel Engines

This case study discusses pitfalls associated with the condition-monitoring of oil in a generator’s lubrication system. By Randall Noon, P.E. Diesel-engine generators, the stalwart mainstays of standby-power systems, offer several advantages: They efficiently provide electrical power, when needed, with the push of a button or automatically, perhaps, when under-voltage conditions in the grid trip their […]

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September 8, 2014
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Building A Corporate Reliability Program

Here’s how ‘two guys with a passion for reliability’ developed a successful program from scratch for a multi-national company. The details hold value for others. By Joe Park, CMRP, Global Reliability Leader, Novelis, Inc. Novelis is the largest aluminum rolling company in the world and the largest recycler of aluminum globally. Its operations on four […]

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3:55 pm
September 1, 2014
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Viewpoint: Reliability Advancements Over a Generation

By Jim Cahill, Emerson Process Management Rotating equipment has always been a source of unplanned downtime within operations. I know that from experience. I began my professional career in the 1980s working as a systems engineer on offshore oil & gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The rotating equipment we dealt with included turbine […]

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5:38 pm
August 28, 2014
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Are You A Psychologist, A Condition-Monitoring Analyst, Or Both?

The roles and responsibilities of today’s equipment-health-focused professionals go beyond collecting and analyzing data. MT asked a condition-monitoring expert to tell us what the job descriptions don’t.  By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Many colleges and universities require their students to take a basic psychology course. Most students wonder why. But according to Trent Phillips of […]

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August 21, 2014
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TPI Smart Trend Meter 9080 Analyzes/Reports on All Vibration Parameters with Push of a Button

The Smart Trend Meter 9080 from Test Products International (TPI) automatically performs vibration-analysis functions based on machine running speed and displays results at the push of a button. The product comes with standard VibTrend software that stores, analyzes and reports on all vibration parameters for up to 10 assets (with up to 10 readings per […]

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August 1, 2014
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Down With The ‘Peanut-Butter’ Manifesto

  Developing a reliability-focused culture helped a textile manufacturer’s maintenance organization spread improvement throughout the company. By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor The rich history of a large textile manufactuer tells a story of ingenuity, openess to change and savvy decision-making over time. The company’s guiding philosophy has always been to exceed customer needs. Maintaining old-fashioned […]

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9:58 pm
August 1, 2014
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Key Elements for Better Infrared Thermography

By R. James Seffrin, Director, Infraspection Institute Successful thermography begins long before actual field work begins. The final results for any project depend upon understanding the task(s) to be performed, selection of equipment, operator skills, inspection techniques and documentation of findings. Failure to understand how these factors contribute to the final conclusions can lead to serious errors. […]

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August 1, 2014
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Uptime: Mainstream 2014 — Shared Visions for Reliability

The first-ever Mainstream North America conference was held in Austin, TX, in June. It was organized by the Eventful Group, well known for Mainstream conferences in Australia and New Zealand. They’ll present a Mainstream conference in South Africa later this year. The theme at the North American venue was “Asset Management.” Attracting nearly 300 speakers […]

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